COULSON: U CAN’T BEAT THIS!
JOSH COULSON used to get soaked watching Cambridge United on the terraces and saw them drop out of the Football League nine years ago.
Now the local lad is in the first team – and is getting ready to mark Wayne Rooney.
Or will it be Robin van Persie? Falcao perhaps? Angel di Maria? Whoever Man United pick at the Abbey Stadium on Friday night, it is likely to be a world superstar. The League Two side will rake in £500,000 from the FA Cup fourth-round clash, which is live on the BBC, and the city is buzzing.
Coulson said: “This is my club. I used to come as a boy.
“I watched us get relegated out of the Football League, so to be part of the team which got us promoted last year was a proud moment, and this sort of game is a reward for the last 18 months. I’ve seen some great games here.
“I always liked the away games better when I was younger. I remember getting soaked at Brentford when there was no roof.
“I saw them get relegated. As a kid you don’t realise what it means to the club.
“For me, it’s an honour to play for Cambridge. You want to play as high as you can, but if I can play as high as I can with this club it would mean a lot to me.”
Cambridge could have filled the Abbey Stadium four times over, such was the clamour for tickets. But there was one man who was disappointed to land the Red Devils – Coulson’s dad Dave.
Coulson Jnr said: “My dad said he wanted Rochdale away because he hadn’t been there. I said, ‘No Dad, United at home is all right!’”